Posts with the tag “creation”
by Pat Damiani on January 11th, 2023
Todays Reading: Hebrews 1:1-14We'll return to the book of Hebrews later this year on Sunday mornings, but hopefully you remember that the purpose of the book is to show the superiority of Jesus over everything and everyone else.Here the author reminds us that Jesus is God's final and most complete revelation of Himself because He is the "exact imprint" of God's nature. Once again we see that Jesus...
by Pat Damiani on January 10th, 2023
Today's reading: 2 Corinthians 4:1-18Once again we see connections back to the creation account in Paul's writings. Paul writes that Jesus is "the image of God", the same phrase he used in Colossians 1, which we read yesterday. The Greek word translated "image" describes an "exact representation". As we talked about last week, He is God's final message who reveals, in His flesh, the nature of God....
by Pat Damiani on January 9th, 2023
Today's reading: Colossians 1:1-29Paul calls Jesus "the firstborn of all creation" in verse 15. He is not claiming, as some claim, that Jesus is a created being. In the culture of Paul's day the word "firstborn" (Greek word "prototokos") signified priority. The firstborn was not necessarily the oldest child. since the term referred not to birth order but to rank. Therefore, the phrase expresses Ch...
January 8 - Sunday Reflection
by Pat Damiani on January 8th, 2023
Use today to catch up on your reading if you got behind this week and/or to reflect on what you've been reading. Think about the significance of the connections between the creation accounts in Genesis and the beginning of John's gospel. ...
January 7 - Saturday Reflection
by Pat Damiani on January 7th, 2023
Use today to catch up on your reading if you got behind this week and/or to reflect on what you've been reading. Think about how God's creation demonstrates how much He loves you....
by Pat Damiani on January 6th, 2023
Today's Reading: John 1:1-51There is so much to cover in this chapter, but I'm mainly going to focus on John's opening words.Just as we saw with the book of Genesis, John's gospel opens with the words "In the beginning..." This is not just a coincidence. John wants us to be reminded of the creation account in Genesis. But John replaces "God" with "the Word". "The Word" is described as being "with ...
by Pat Damiani on January 5th, 2023
Today's Reading: Job 38:1-41When Job and his "friends" demonstrate their lack of understanding of the nature of God, God takes Job all the way back to His creation. Using poetical language, God describes His sovereignty in the act of creation. Everything was created exactly as God planned it. Through His creation God provides for the lions and ravens. So the implication is that because man is God...
by Pat Damiani on January 4th, 2023
Todays reading: Psalm 19:1-14This Psalm serves as a bridge between the creation accounts and John 1, which we'll read a couple days from now. The Psalm begins with a reference to God's creation - which He spoke into being. That creation declares the glory of God since it is a reflection of who He is. Then in verse 7 David changes his focus to the Word of God, which he calls law, testimony, precept...
by Pat Damiani on January 3rd, 2023
Today's reading: Genesis 2:1-25We'll continue with the theme of creation today. A lot of people naturally wonder why there seems to be two different creation accounts in Genesis. In order to understand what is going on in Genesis 1 and 2, we need to consider the Hebrew mindset and the Hebrew way of writing. In our western/Greek mindset, we tend to think and write in a linear or chronological manne...
by Pat Damiani on January 2nd, 2023
Today's Reading: Genesis 1:1-31This section of our reading will cover eight chapters - four from the Old Testament and four from the New Testament and will focus on the Creation. We will see that all three persons of the triune God - Father, Son and Holy Spirit - are all at work in the act of creation.The Bible begins with the words "In the beginning God..." And in this chapter we see that God is ...
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